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The student-run newspaper of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy

The Liberator

The student-run newspaper of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy

The Liberator

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The Grass is Always Greener

Luci Garza, Editor-in-Chief May 15, 2023

As the purple and silver confetti littered my kitchen counter falling out of my LASA acceptance letter, I had two initial reactions. The first were tears. To this day I don’t think I will ever be completely...

November is Native American Heritage Month

Luci Garza, Editor-In-Chief December 19, 2022

As the Texan leaves make their attempts to turn various shades of brown and orange in the month of November, the chilly air also brings the remembrance and celebration of Native American history in the...

Breaking a Sweat

Breaking a Sweat

Luci Garza and Edith Holmsten August 20, 2022

While most students vacation and vedge out over the summer, some students are already gearing up for the next school year in their extra curricular activities. From July 18 through Aug. 12, 140 band and...

History of Trans Activism

Luci Garza and Malvika Pradhan May 5, 2022

Transgender term is first used (1965) Psychiatrist John F. Oliven first coins the term transgender, refrenced in his work “Sexual Hygiene and Pathology.” Before this, German physician Mangus Hitchfield...

Recapture Regiment to Redistribute Revenue

Luci Garza, News editor May 5, 2022

In 1993, the Texas state legislature created the recapture program, a form of school financing that sends local taxpayer funding to the state in order to equalize school funding. Recapture, also known...

Mental Health and its Potentially New Policing Policies

Luci Garza and Malvika Pradhan December 17, 2021

In 2018, Austin was the city with the highest rate of fatal police shootings in relation to people experiencing mental health crises, according to KUT. A year later, the Human Rights Clinic at the University...

Critics Ban Critical Race Theory

Luci Garza and Malvika Pradhan September 1, 2021

Critical race theory has remained a prominent point in political discussion throughout the past 3 presidential terms, according to USA Today. Now, Texas is faced with a new law that will ban teachers from...

How COVID-19 Highlights Disparities Across AISD

Luci Garza, News editor April 14, 2021

According to the University of Texas (UT) Institute of Urban Policy Research (IUPRA), more than 55% of Austin Independent School District's (AISD) student population qualifies for free or reduced lunches,...

Ancestral Remains Returned to the Miakan-Garza Band

Ancestral Remains Returned to the Miakan-Garza Band

Somaya Jimenez-Haham and Luci Garza November 15, 2020

For the last four years, the Miakan-Garza Band, an Indigenous group local to central Texas, has been asking the University of Texas at Austin to return unearthed ancestral remains. The remains were found...

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